Kanikraj was made to sweat by Nehul before advancing into the tournament proper of the 42nd Karnataka State ranking snooker tournament at the KSBA hall here. Kanikraj prevailed 54-62, 57-34, 68-6, 26-46, 50-47.

The results:

Qualifying matches:K.S. Naveen Kumar bt Anand Shah 74-36, 95-49, 56-37; Sudin M. Gokak bt L.J. Saldhana 58-57, 57-36, 48-60, 62-48; Anil Kumar bt Santosh Kumar 59-12, 62-28, 29-53, 66-43; M.S. Sandeep bt Harish 50-16, 48-18, 04-49, 44-42; Rajesh Khanna bt Nadeem Azeez 41-63, 63-43, 71-30, 17-69, 53-17; Sheel bt Shams Khan 60-31, 64-28, 60-9; Nikhil Pise bt Varun B. Shah 55-46, 67-35, 63-8; Diwakar bt Yusuf 1-0, 46-32, 19-49, 46-75, 70-37; K.B. Hariharan bt Nitya Anand 66-40, 64-4, 56-31; Tilak bt Wayne 34-56, 66-42, 51-43, 53-46; Sameer Sait bt Md. Zulfiqhar 59-24, 65-39, 41-33.

Md. Ali bt Mudabbir Ahmed 71-25, 73-19, 50-16; Germain Girish bt Yogesh 65-48, 22-81, 54-42, 62-40; Ovais Ali bt Vivek 63-8, 64-7, 57-6; Syed M. Peeran bt Aditya Rajpal 29-64, 55-22, 44-10, 58-22; Kanikraj bt Nehul 54-62, 57-34, 68-6, 26-46, 50-47.

Hemanth stuns Srivatasa

Karnataka's K. Hemanth, the fifth seed, upset the second-seeded Srivatsa Ratakonda (Andhra Pradesh) with a 6-0, 6-1 victory in the True Bounce Tennis Academy AITA Talent Series boys under-14 quarterfinal here on Tuesday.

Other results (quarterfinals): Boys:Abraar Rameez (TN) bt Sankara Narayanan (TN) 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-2.

Girls:C.S. Praneetha (TN) bt R. Abhinaya (TN) 6-1, 6-0; Nisha Shenoy (Kar) bt Keerthi Pradha (Kar) 7-5, 6-3.

Aditya shines

Aditya Somanna's all-round show (32 and three for 18) helped Herons CC defeat JP Nagar CA by 42 runs and qualify for the semifinals of the Sir MV SBM Trophy cricket tournament match, here on Tuesday.

The scores:

Herons CC 214 in 29 overs (Shivkumar 50, Nitin Naidu 45, Aditya Somanna 32, Rohit Gowda 32) bt JPNCA 172 in 25.2 overs (Arun 41, Nitin three for 15, Aditya Somanna three for 18, Satyajith three for 32).

KIOC 260 for five in 30 overs (Rishab 77, Dhanush 61, Thilak 41) bt Anand Sweets 103 for nine in 30 overs (Abhilash three for 23).

Panthers CA 103 in 21.3 overs (Nagakrishna 28 n.o., Karthik four for 31) lost to BCC 104 for six in 20.5 overs (Abhishek 39 n.o., Pusthak Nag three for 18).

Basketball championship

The Karnataka State Basketball Association will conduct the State junior basketball championship for boys and girls (under-18 years) at the Sree Kanteerava outdoor basketball courts in Bangalore from May 28 to June 4.

Players born on or after January 1, 1993 are eligible to participate in this championship.

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